Subject: Unknown Insect
Location: Hillsville, VA 24343
September 3, 2015 8:50 pm
Aloha,
This specimen looks like a cross betwen a bee and a dragon fly.
Thank you fot your time and consideration.
Signature: Lance in Hillsville, VA

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hola Lance,
This diurnal Sphinx Moth owes its common name to its likeness to a totally different winged phylum.  The Hummingbird Clearwing can be distinguished from its genus members by its light legs and white underbelly.  This image from BugGuide illustrates those traits.  A faster shutter speed like 2000 should freeze its rapidly beating wings.  The flights of the Hummingbird Sphinx and its namesake are remarkably similar.

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hummingbird Clearwing

Location: Hillsville, Virginia

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